Album Review & Premiere: Fjäder – Shades Of Light [Shaded Explorations] May 14th – Ambient / Electronica

This is Fjäder’s first album release after releasing some tracks on some split/various artists 12” and cassettes on Shaded Explorations, Fullpanda Records and her own label Nordanvind followed up by her fantastic solo EP ’Stardust’ on Kabalion. But it’s not the first time she releases something on Shaded Explorations because she has had the wonderful track ’Vingar’ on the ’Soundscapes For Escape Vol. 2’ double cassette compilation before this album release on this label.

The track ’Vingar’ got picked up by the Swedish king of Acidub, Andreas Tilliander and found it’s way to the ’Richie Hawtin Presents TM404 – ENTER MIND’ that is part of the ’ENTER. Ibiza 2015’ compilation on M_nus. She has also graced some wicked clubs and events with her presence so she has two gigs under her belt at Tresor and has played at both the INTONAL Festival in Malmö and at 4DSOUND in Amsterdam and she’s been to Moscow too but you usually find her playing in Stockholm rocking their socks off at various clubs.

Now that you readers has got some background information about this fantastic artist it’s time for me to say something about the actual album huh.

It starts with the track ’Yellow Cosmic Sun’ a brooding little lovely Drone piece that crackle and hum and almost stumble upon it self and it’s a perfect start of this album and the journey Fjäder is taking us on I must say. Next up is the ’तूफान केंद्रअ’ a slow groover with oriental tones and vocals perfectly combined with an intricate rhythm. The third one is the title track ’ Shades Of Light’ and Fjäder takes a breather delivering a vocal soaked soundscape with some magnificent piano playing on top of that and this is music to look at stars to I can tell you, total bliss.

On ’Talk To You’ the pace is up a bit but this artist is not in a hurry to make you dance just yet so she delivers a slow burner with some ethereal vocals on top of the simple rhytm that proves that sometimes less is more. The almost 13 minutes long 5th track ’Vintergatan’ shows us her knack of doing long tracks that you need to hear all the way through so that you don’t miss out on the niceness delivered, this track is perfectly detailed and that lovely piano is back tinkering around playing a melody but at the same time not, wow!

On ’Abyss’ it’s time to take on the dancing shoes for some wear and tear of concrete dance floors at dark cavernous dungeon like clubs when the bpm picks up and the same goes for the Acid tinged track ’Dragonfly’ that follows.

On the 8th track ’Tystnadens Timma’ Fjäder takes us on a throbbing rhythmic trip laced with vocals and it’s great that the vocals are there or it would had been a trip taking you to the dark side. After all this rhythmic exploring she takes us back to Drone in the track ’Venus’ and I can tell you that Venus was in perfect passage when this track was made, environmental sounds and vocals swirl around the whole effect section in Fjäders studio in full swing ebbing in and out of the vast space of this track.

The final and 10th track ’ Hjärtans Fröjd’ is yet another throbbing affair from Fjäder but this time around it’s heavily processed sounds and singing throbbing together in perfect harmony and it’s such a beautiful ending to this very very nice album.

So all in all, this is a must have album if you want to take a beautiful trip into the vast and detailed world of Fjäder!

Shades Of Light is out May 14th on Shaded Exploriations.

Preorder: https://shadedexplorations.bandcamp.com/album/shades-of-light

Fjäder: https://soundcloud.com/fj-der

About Finn of Tomland:

Avid record collector of slow Hiss'n'Bass and a experimental electronica Dj since 1994 aka Finn of Tomland, resident Dj at the Intonal festival and owner of the SonuoS label that keeps the 4/4 beat between 35 and 80 bpm. @SonuoSonuoS on twitter.


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